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Oral Cancer Screenings in Cambridge, ON

The CDA has reported that mouth cancer is prevalent in Canada. In fact, it is at number 13 on the list of most common cancers. These diseases affect any part of the oral cavity, including the tongue, mouth floor, lips, roof of the mouth, throat, and sinuses. While oral cancer doesn’t get the same attention as other cancers, it can be deadly. But with early diagnosis and treatment, the odds of surviving+ the disease are much higher. Routine screenings make it possible for Dr. Kulwant Turna to find signs of any budding issues. That’s just one more reason to keep up with regularly schedule dental health checkups. Contact the FlossDental Cambridge team to book an appointment.

Signs of Oral Cancer

Your Cambridge, ON dentist has the knowledge and the skills necessary to identify cancerous conditions. While what appears to be mouth cancer symptoms may indicate a less severe illness, it is essential to rule out the possibility. Some of the oral cancer symptoms that we see most include:

  • A thick spot, lump, or rough area
  • Bleeding sore that won’t heal
  • Numbness, pain, or tenderness on the lips or inside the oral cavity
  • Problem speaking, chewing, biting, or moving the tongue or jaw
  • Sores or white or red spots anywhere in the mouth

Get in touch with us right away if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Mouth Cancers

Besides a visual check, Dr. Kulwant Turna will also perform a tactile exam of your entire mouth. If anything suspicious is found, your dentist will then take a tissue sample. Then the findings are sent off to an outside lab for analysis. If the results come back positive, the next step is a biopsy.

The standard oral cancer treatments include surgery, radiation, or a combination of both for advanced cases. Chemotherapy and radiation are often used to treat advanced stages.

Prevention is the Best Cure

An ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure. For that reason, it is best to take steps to safeguard your health, including:

  • Keep sun exposure to a minimum, and always wear sunblock. Don’t neglect to apply UVA/UVB protection to your lips.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption or avoid it altogether.
  • Stay away from all tobacco products.
  • Stick with a balanced, healthy diet.
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